Matthew S. Kressy, IDM Founding Director
Matthew S. Kressy, founding director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree track, is an expert in product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.
Kressy believes in interdisciplinary, design-driven product development derived from deep user research, creative concept generation, and rapid prototype iteration. He is passionate about teaching this approach to the design process. In fact, since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business School.
As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and teaches the track’s primary and required courses. He holds a BFA in industrial design from RISD.
Steven D. Eppinger, Faculty Co-director
Steven D. Eppinger is a professor of management science at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the faculty codirector of System Design & Management, a program that features master’s degree tracks in integrated product development and in complex system development.
Eppinger teaches courses in product design and innovation, engineering project management, and product management. Notably, he has created an interdisciplinary product development course in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He also teaches Sloan MBA and executive programs. He is the co-author of a leading textbook, Product Design and Development (McGraw-Hill), which is now in its sixth edition.
A highly recognized scholar in the area of product development and technical project management, Eppinger helped pioneer the widely used Design Structure Matrix (DSM) method for managing complex system projects. He is also the co-author of a book based on DSM research, Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (MIT Press).
Eppinger received SB, SM, and ScD degrees from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering before joining the MIT faculty in 1988. He has received many awards and honors.
Andy MacInnis, Technical Instructor
Even before Andy MacInnis went to college, his life was full of creative pursuits—from constructing his first train sets, plastic models, bicycles, and tree forts through to garage boat building and art classes. The Rhode Island School of Design set fire to the designer in him and gave a purpose to his burgeoning skills.
Upon graduating, he joined a team of seasoned builders to create world-class racing boats, fabricating components from composite materials. That led to an apprenticeship with a designer/engineer who gave MacInnis an old-school foundation in model-making and prototyping for product design. With a move to Boston, MacInnis entered the mainstream of design as the shop manager at the area’s largest firm, where he created a professional shop and implemented best practices. Newfound confidence and a desire to be challenged prompted him to found Monster Prototype, which over a period of 10 years grew into the go-to model and prototype firm in the Boston area. Clients included designers and manufacturers in the consumer product, medical, footwear, and sports industries. His product development work led to his involvement in soldier-worn protective equipment, resulting in the introduction of several groundbreaking products for industry leaders.
All of this experience is now making it’s way to MIT’s IDM students by way of hands-on, workshops, where dirty hands are expected. And, when he’s not at home with his young family, MacInnis finds restoring cars, bicycles, furniture, and houses competes for time with his love of small boats.
Lennon Rodgers, Research Scientist
Lennon Rodgers is a mechanical engineer with a passion for design, teaching, and research. Though he started out as a confused art student, he ended up earning a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ultimately an MS and a PhD from MIT—all in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed by the California Institute of Technology, where he specialized in ground- and space-based telescopes. His research at MIT centers on modeling, designing, building, instrumenting, and testing complex systems. These range from a miniature docking port for an International Space Station test bed to an electric motorcycle for the world’s oldest motorcycle race. He has spent more than two years teaching design courses, creating maker spaces, and performing design-related research in Germany, India, Russia, Singapore, and Switzerland.
Michael A.M. Davies, Senior Lecturer
Michael A M Davies is the founder and chairman of
Endeavour Partners, a boutique business strategy consulting firm that enables leaders in high-tech businesses and businesses being affected by technology worldwide to create value and drive growth through innovation. Endeavour Partners helps its clients anticipate, navigate, and innovate through insight and foresight in order to make better strategic decisions.Its clients include nearly all of the top-tier device vendors, network operators, service providers, and semiconductor businesses. Beyond high-tech, its clients include some of the world’s leading e-commerce, information services, oil and gas,
packaging and logistics businesses, along with world-class sports teams.
He is an expert on the connections between technology, innovation, product development, consumer choice and behavior, the adoption and diffusion of new products, intellectual property, and the emergence and evolution of platforms and business ecosystems. Michael has spent his career helping top management make strategic decisions and drive innovation.
Nowadays, he is focused on the rapid shift toward smartphones, cloud services, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and robotics, particularly the forces driving this shift and its impact and implications over the next few years.